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Runners to take on Lichfield 10k to help canal restoration trust’s £1million tunnel appeal

Supporters of a canal restoration trust are taking on a different challenge later this year when they run in the Lichfield 10k.

Two of the five are often to be found working on the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust (LHCRT) sites at Darnford Moors, Tamworth Road, Fosseway Heath and Summerhill.

But they are now also in serious training for the run, which will be held on September 9.

James Millington

James Millington

One of the LHCRT team is James Millington, who has been cross country running for 25 years and competing in triathlons for the last seven years.

James, from Chorley, is the current Birmingham Olympic triathlon distance age group champion and holds a world ranking in half ironman distance having previously been world-ranked for the full ironman distance.

The son of LHCRT site manager Hugh, James is fundraising for the trust’s £1million Tunnel Vision appeal, set up to pay for a canal tunnel under the cross city railway line.

“This is such an important project for the trust,” James said. “If the tunnel isn’t built at the same time as a railway bridge over the planned Southern Bypass extension, it will be so much more difficult and expensive to build it after the road is in place.

“I want to see the whole canal restored because it’s an important wildlife corridor and this is a vital part.”

People can sponsor James via his online JustGiving page.

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